Your Weekly Food-Like-Product – Dr. Pepper Update


The previous post I did, Your Weekly Food-Like-Product“, actually was Diet Dr. Pepper. I appreciate those who pointed it out in the comment boxes. Which is why in my research I try to cross check everything numerous times, even for a simple ingredient list. I was a little excited and moving fast in doing the Food-Like-Product and didn’t check exactly which one I was doing. Again, thank you to those who pointed that out.

THESE are a few ingredients in Dr. Pepper

(1.) High Fructose Corn Syrup

(HFCS-55 and HFCS-42)

High-fructose corn syrup is created by changing the glucose, or sugar, in corn starch to fructose. Fructose is another type of sugar. Sweet, nutritive saccharide mixture containing either approximately 42 or 55 percent fructose.

High fructose corn syrup is found in processed foods, from salad dressings to soft drinks. Food manufacturers often use high fructose corn syrup because it is cheaper than sugar. It also extends the shelf life for processed foods

Raises your risk for conditions like high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and type 2  diabetes. In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides.

Intakes of sugar-sweetened beverages may increase levels of uric acid, a compound linked to decreased kidney function, and a cross-sectional analysis of data from almost 16,000 people found that the risk of chronic kidney disease increased by over 150 percent in those who more than one soda per day and had high levels of uric acid.

Several chemicals are required to make HFCS, including caustic soda, hydrochloric acid, alpha-amylase, gluco-amylase, isomerse, filter aid, powdered carbon, calcium chloride, and magnesium sulfate

Current international food processing standards allow 1.0 μg mercury/g caustic soda and there is no standard for mercury in food grade hydrochloric acid. Both of these chemicals may be used to make HFCS.

Production of HFCS

Manufactures profile of High Fructose Corn Syrup

  • Calories               308 cal/100 g 
  • Moisture               23.0 g/100 g
  • Protein                  0.01 g/100g
  • Ash                      0.05 g/100 g
  • Carbohydrates     77.0 g/100 g
  • Simple sugar        98.0 g/100 g
  • Total Fat               0.10 g/100 g
  • Dietary Fiber        0.10 g/100 g
  • Cholesterol           0.10 mg/100 g
  • Trans Fatty acid   0.10 g/100 g
  • Biotin                    0.01 mg/100 g
  • Niacin                   0.05 mg/ 100 g
  • Pantothenic acid   0.30 mg/100 g
  • Riboflavin              0.01 mg/100 g
  • Thiamin                 0.05 mg/ 100 g
  • Vitamin A              15 IU/100 g
  • Vitamin B6             0.05 mg/100 g
  • Vitamin B12           0.30 mg/100 g
  • Vitamin C               0.05 mg/100 g
  • Arsenic                 0.10 mg/100 g
  • Cadmium              0.05 mg/100 g
  • Caffeine                 0.50 mg/100 g
  • Calcium                 1.0 mg/ 100 g
  • Chloride                1.0 mg/100 g
  • Chromium             0.05 mg/100 g
  • Copper                  0.10 mg/100 g
  • Fluoride                 0.10 mg/100 g
  • Iron                        0.05 mg/100 g
  • Lead                      0.01 mg/100 g
  • Magnesium            0.01 mg/100 g
  • Mercury                 0.01 mg/100 g
  • Molybdenum          0.10 mg/100 g
  • Phosphorus            0.01 mg/100 g
  • Potassium              0.05 mg/100 g
  • Selenium                0.10 mg/100 g
  • Sodium                   1.0 mg/100 g
  • Sulfur Dioxide       0.30 mg/100 g
  • Zinc                         0.10 mg/100 g

(2.) Phosphoric Acid

Colorless, odorless solid or a thick, clear liquid. It is used in rustproofing metals, fertilizers, detergents, foods, beverages, and water treatment.

Phosphoric acid is used in the manufacture of superphosphate fertilizers, livestock feeds, phosphate salts, polyphosphates, soaps, waxes, polishes and detergents. Phosphoric acid is used as a soil stabilizer, in the manufacture of fire control agents, opal glasses, electric lights, in cotton dyeing, tile cleaning, ceramic binding, dental cement, water treatment, electro-polishing, operating lithography, photoengraving operations, process engraving, as a petrol additive and in coagulating rubber latex.

It is used in metal rust proofing before painting, in the polishing of metals, in pickling and in hot stripping for aluminium and zinc substrates. Phosphoric acid is used as an acid catalyst in making ethylene and purifying hydrogen peroxide, in the manufacture of chemicals (ethylbenzene, propylene, cumene), as a bonding agent for refractory bricks, in extracting penicillin and as an analytical agent. It is used as an anti-oxidant in food, as a flavour additive for sharp taste in food (jellies, preserves) and soft drinks (e.g. Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper), as a tang (Food Additive 338) and for the manufacture of yeasts and gelatine. It is used to manufacture the phosphoric acid electrolyte fuel cell system and it has been used to treat lead poisoning.

Phosphoric Acid is a CORROSIVE CHEMICAL and contact can irritate and burn the eyes. Very hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), of eye contact (irritant), of ingestion, .

Hazardous in case of skin contact (corrosive, permeator), of eye contact (corrosive). Slightly hazardous in case of inhalation (lung sensitizer). Liquid or spray mist may produce tissue damage particularly on mucous membranes of eyes, mouth and respiratory tract. Skin contact may produce burns.

Inhalation of the spray mist may produce severe irritation of respiratory tract, characterized by coughing, choking, or shortness of breath. Severe over-exposure can result in death. Inflammation of the eye is characterized by redness, watering, and itching. Skin inflammation is characterized by itching, scaling, reddening, or, occasionally, blistering

The substance may be toxic to blood, liver, skin, eyes, bone marrow. Repeated exposure to a highly toxic material may produce general deterioration of health by an accumulation in one or many human organs.

Large Spill: Corrosive liquid. Poisonous liquid. Stop leak if without risk. Absorb with DRY earth, sand or other non-combustible material.

Do not get water inside container. Do not touch spilled material Prevent entry into sewers, basements or confined areas; dike if needed. Call for assistance on disposal.

Precautions: Do not ingest. Do not breathe gas/fumes/ vapor/spray. Never add water to this product. In case of insufficient ventilation, wear suitable respiratory equipment. If ingested, seek medical advice immediately and show the container or the label. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Keep away from incompatibles such as oxidizing agents, combustible materials, metals, alkalis.

May corrode metallic surfaces Store in a metallic or coated fiberboard drum using a strong polyethylene inner package.

Personal Protection: Face shield. Full suit. Vapor respirator. Be sure to use an approved/certified respirator or equivalent. Gloves. Boots

Acute Potential Health Effects:

  • Skin: Corrosive and causes severe skin irritation and can cause severe skin burns. May affect behavior (somnolence or excitement) if absorbed through skin.
  • Eyes: Corrosive. Liquid or vapor causes severe eye irritation and can cause severe eye burns leading to permanent corneal damage or chemical conjunctivitis
  • Ingestion: May be harmful if swallowed. Causes irritation and burns of the gastrointestinal (digestive) tract. Causes severe pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea hematemesis, gastrointestinal hemorrhaging, and shock.
  • May cause corrosion and permanent tissue destruction of the esophagus and digestive tract. May affect behavior and urinary system, liver (hepatocellular damage, hepatic enzymes increased), blood (blood dyscrasia)

Other Regulations:

OSHA: Hazardous by definition of Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).

(3.) Natural Flavors (MSG, Monosodium Glutamate)

Also known as…

  • Glutamic acid
  • Glutamate
  • Monosodium glutamate
  • Monopotassium glutamate
  • Calcium glutamate
  • Monoammonium glutamate
  • Magnesium glutamate
  • Natrium glutamate
  • Yeast extract
  • Anything “hydrolyzed”
  • Any “hydrolyzed protein”
  • Calcium caseinate
  • Sodium caseinate
  • Yeast food, Yeast nutrient
  • Autolyzed yeast
  • Gelatin
  • Textured protein
  • Soy protein,
  • Soy protein concentrate
  • Soy protein isolate
  • Whey protein
  • Whey protein concentrate
  • Whey protein isolate
  • Anything “…protein”
  • Vetsin
  • Ajinomoto
Names of ingredients that often contain or produce processed free glutamic acid: 

  • Carrageenan
  • Bouillon and broth
  • Stock
  • Any “flavors” or “flavoring”
  • Maltodextrin
  • Citric acid, Citrate
  • Anything “ultra-pasteurized”
  • Barley malt
  • Pectin
  • Protease
  • Anything “enzyme modified”
  • Anything containing “enzymes”
  • Malt extract
  • Soy sauce
  • Soy sauce extract
  • Anything “protein fortified”
  • Anything “fermented”
  • Seasonings


After a single dose of MSG, Doctors discovered that specialized cells in a critical area of the animal’s brain, the hypothalamus, had been destroyed.

Rats given free access to MSG and water showed a high preference (93-97%) for the MSG solution, regardless of the diet they consumed. Rats treated with MSG showed morphological and morphometric changes as decrease in testicular weight, decrease in tubular diameter, reduction in germinal epithelium height, decrease in the spermatic count and abnormalities of sperms morphology.

Many studies reported the implication of (MSG) in cases of male infertility as it causes testicular hemorrhage, degeneration and alteration of sperm cell population and morphology

Millions of babies all over the world were eating baby foods containing large amounts of MSG and hydrolyzed vegetable protein (a compound which contains three excitotoxins).


  • Protein class of substances that damage neurons through paroxysmal overactivity. They are toxins that bind to certain receptors (e.g., certain glutamate receptors) and may cause neuronal cell death.-
  • Samuels (1999) reported that MSG is a neurotoxic agent i.e. causing damage to brain cells, retinal degeneration, leading to many endocrine disorders and causes renal damage.
  • The best known excitotoxins are the excitatory amino acids that can produce lesions in the CNS (Central Nervous System) similar to those of Huntingdon’s chorea or alzheimers disease.
  • Excitotoxicity is thought to contribute to neuronal cell death associated with stroke.

(Only a couple steps of the processing of MSG)

  • MSG is processed with methylthiopropionaldehyde and sodium hydroxide which both are higly corrosive and toxic.
  • “After the concentration of DAP had reached a maximum in the presence of the first mutant, the first mutant was removed and another E. coli strain was added.”
  • “The crude, crystalline glutamic acid is first suspended in water and then dissolved, neutralized and converted to the monosodium salt by the addition of sodium hydroxide.”
  • “The acidic filtrate was then adjusted by addition of sodium hydroxide or ammonia”

These products are carbon oxides, nitrogen oxides and some metallic oxides. Burning may produce carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide or nitrogen oxides.

Other Classifications:

WHMIS (Canada): CLASS D-2A: Material causing other toxic effects (VERY TOXIC).

(4.) Sodium Benzoate

Antimicrobial agents, Antifungal agent, Food preservative. The salt is not found to occur naturally.

Produced by the neutralization of benzoic acid with sodium bicarbonate, sodium carbonate, or sodium hydroxide.

  • TERATOGENIC EFFECTS: Classified  POSSIBLE for human.
  • DEVELOPMENTAL TOXICITY: Classified Reproductive system/toxin/female,
  • Reproductive system/ toxin/male [SUSPECTED].
  • Possible risk of harm to the unborn child.

The substance may be toxic to blood, the reproductive system, liver, central nervous system May also affect behavior/central nervous system (tremor, convulsions, change in motor activity), and respiration (dyspnea).

Slightly flammable to flammable in presence of heat. Slightly explosive in presence of open flames and sparks. Keep away from heat. Keep away from sources of ignition. Empty containers pose a fire risk

Do not ingest. Do not breathe dust If ingested, seek medical advice immediately and show the container or the label Ingestion of large amounts may cause gastrointestinal tract irritation with gastric pain, nausea, and vomiting.

Harmful by inhalation, in contact with skin and if swallowed. Irritating to eyes and skin. Avoid contact with skin and eyes.

Personal Protection: Splash goggles. Lab coat. Dust respirator. Be sure to use an approved/certified respirator or equivalent. Gloves.

Chronic Potential Health Effects:

Prolonged or repeated ingestion may affect behavior/central nervous system (symptoms similar to acute exposure) as well as liver, metabolism, blood, and urinary system.

Other Regulations:

OSHA: Hazardous by definition of Hazard Communication Standard


Some extra reading material


John Parks
For two years I've thoroughly enjoyed researching the food additives "scientests" produce and put into all processed food. Also how the FDA classifies them as G.R.A.S. (Generally Recognized As Safe) With about 95% of the research I've done over the last two years the actual science, toxicity reports, manufacturing processes and pure technical aspect of it suggests otherwise.

When you see something that is "hazardous by definition", toxic, poisonous or corrosive and it's in the food you're eating, you would surely have to stop, think and ask, "That's going to go in me. Wait... It passes through the placental barrier? It decreases the testicular weight in mice? It's produced with volvano ash? It's processed with asbestos and krypton gas?"

Now, my main argument is this: If you know the food additive is toxic, corrosive or hazardous by definition, if it requires flammable or corrosive DOT stickers while transporting, if it has saftey precautions, spill procedures and you must wear suitable protective clothing while handling... Can you even assume it's safe to eat?

Irregardless of the exposure limits, the actual amount in food itself, how many regulations and standards there are or how low the toxicity may be... It is the general principle that the additives are still put in the foods you eat on a daily basis. I personally don't believe that when a tomato is dropped you have to evacuate the area and seal off the exits. Because that is exactly the procedure for some of the chemcial agents the FDA allowed in food.